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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tour! A Review & Excerpt of The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean





The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel #3) by Sarah MacLean 
Genre: Adult (Historical Romance)
Date Published: June 27, 2017
Publisher:  Avon

The one woman he will never forget…
Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only one problem—he already has one.

The one man she will never forgive…
After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement…which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist.

A love that neither can deny…
The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every day The Day of the Duchess. 


The Day of the Duchess is the third book in the Scandal & Scoundrel series by Sarah MacLean. Somehow I missed the second book, so I'll need to go back and catch up on that one. Sera is one of Sophie's sisters from the first book. There is so much pain and anger between Sera and Malcom and when you think all the hurts have been exposed, you find out more. It would be impossible to work through some of this pain alone, and that's just what they've been doing for the last few years. At the same time, the love is quite substantial between them. You can just feel it. There are so many strong feels within this story in general, and the author does such a fantastic job of portraying them that it is painful to read at times. I can't imagine this was easy to write, because so many unforgivable wrongs were done by one or the other character. And, though they are fictional, it's hard to imagine a way for them to work through these things believably. Needless to say, the author pulls it off flawlessly. After the events in the first book, The Rogue Not Taken, involving Malcom and Sera, this is a story that desperately needed to be told. Mal and Sera are not at all the characters I expected them to be before I started reading this book, but now I can't imagine them any other way. The intensity from beginning to end was non-stop, making this an impossible book to put down.

As a side note, if a person could pick siblings, I'd pick the Soiled S's/The Dangerous Daughters. They are mouthy. They misbehave, and they're just a bunch of fun.

The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean was kindly provided to me by the publisher through Edelweiss for review. The opinions are my own.



Chapter 1
DESERTED DUKE DISAVOWED!
August 19, 1836
House of Lords, Parliament

She’d left him two years, seven months ago, exactly.

Malcolm Marcus Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven looked to the tiny wooden calendar wheels inlaid into the blotter on his desk in his private office above the House of Lords.

August the nineteenth, 1836. The last day of the parliamentary session, filled with pomp and idle. And lingering memory. He spun the wheel with the six embossed upon it. Five. Four. He took a deep breath.

Get out. He heard his own words, cold and angry with betrayal, echoing with quiet menace. Don’t ever return.

He touched the wheel again. August became July. May. March.
January the nineteenth, 1834. The day she left.

His fingers moved without thought, finding comfort in the familiar click of the wheels.

April the seventeenth, 1833.

The way I feel about you . . . Her words now—soft and full of temptation. I’ve never felt anything like this.

He hadn’t, either. As though light and breath and hope had flooded the room, filling all the dark spaces. Filling his lungs and heart. And all because of her.

Until he’d discovered the truth. The truth, which had mattered so much until it hadn’t mattered at all.

Where had she gone?

The clock in the corner of the room ticked and tocked, counting the seconds until Haven was due in his seat in the hallowed main chamber of the House of Lords, where men of higher purpose and passion had sat before him for generations. His fingers played the little calendar like a virtuoso, as though they’d done this dance a hundred times before. A thousand.

And they had.

March the first, 1833. The day they met.

So, they let simply anyone become a duke, do they? No deference. Teasing and charm and pure, unadulterated beauty.

If you think dukes are bad, imagine what they accept from duchesses?

That smile. As though she’d never met another man. As though she’d never wanted to. He’d been hers the moment he’d seen that smile.

Before that. Imagine, indeed.

And then it had fallen apart. He’d lost everything, and then lost her.

Or perhaps it had been the reverse. Or perhaps it was all the same.

Would there ever be a time when he stopped thinking of her? Ever a date that did not remind him of her? Of the time that had stretched like an eternity since she’d left?

Where had she gone?

The clock struck eleven, heavy chimes sounding in the room, echoed by a dozen others sounding down the long, oaken corridor beyond, summoning men of longstanding name to the duty that had been theirs before they drew breath.

Haven spun the calendar wheels with force, leaving them as they lay. November the thirty-seventh, 3842. A fine date—one on which he had absolutely no chance of thinking of her.

Have you read the first book in this series yet? Read my review here!

Check out my reviews of more books by this author!
http://www.whatsbeyondforks.com/2013/12/tour-review-giveaway-of-no-good-duke.html

author
Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance and bemoaning the fact that she was born far too late for her own season. Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees from Smith College and Harvard University before she finally set pen to paper and wrote her first book.

Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband, baby daughter, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She loves to hear from readers. Please visit her at www.macleanspace.com

To learn more about Sarah MacLean and her books, visit her website. You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.


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